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Curtin University roof collapse leaves construction worker dead at Perth campus | Perth

A 23-year-old worker has died after he fell 20 metres when a roof collapsed on a building being constructed at Curtain University in Perth.

Two other men in their 20s have been taken to Royal Perth hospital with multiple injuries following the workplace incident at the Bentley campus which occurred before 12.30pm local time on Tuesday.

Western Australia police commander Mike Bell said two construction workers were on the canopy carrying out work when it “suddenly gave way without warning and both fell over 20 metres to the ground”.

“The cause of that collapse is yet to be determined,” Bell said. The 23-year-old man who died had been on working on the roof.

The other man who fell was taken to Royal Perth hospital along with another worker who was inside the structure when the roof collapsed. One of the men has serious injuries.

“Police and emergency crews are working behind me to make the site safe at which point we can remove the body of the deceased and we can commence our investigation,” Bell said.

The commander said the family of the 23-year-old was “devastated as you can imagine”. Bell said his body could not be removed until the scene was declared safe. “We are yet to speak to the family of the injured men so it is only the deceased’s family that has been advised at this point,” he said.

A St John Ambulance spokeswoman said two ambulance crews, as well as fire and emergency services and police, attended the scene.

The construction union said tradespeople who had been working on the building had been told to head home but many workers remained on the scene into the afternoon and gathered together as emergency crews assessed the damage.

A union representative later said: “Enough is enough.”

“Something has got to give – another young worker has lost his life here today,” he told reporters at the scene.

Curtin University said the incident occurred at building 418 which is currently under construction. “The site is under the management of head contractor Lendlease,” a university spokesperson said in a statement.

“We have been advised that no Curtin students or staff were involved in the incident. Our thoughts are with all impacted by this accident.”

The construction site is on the edge of the campus. It is part of a project called The Exchange which the university says will be an “innovation precinct” home to a new school of design and the built environment, two student accommodation buildings, a hotel and residential apartments “in addition to industry and retail space and recreational areas”. Comment has been sought from Lendlease.

The university campus is in Bentley, 8km south-east of Perth’s centre. A spokesman from the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services said the building was being assessed and fire crews were on the scene. They had worked to release two people trapped in the debris – understood to be the workers in their 20s subsequently taken to hospital.

Tech worker pleads guilty to killing and burning California student Mackenzie Lueck

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST | The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY  — A tech worker pleaded guilty on Wednesday to strangling a Utah college student whose disappearance over a year ago sparked a search that ended with the discovery of her charred remains in his backyard.

FILE – In this Dec. 20, 2019, file photo, Ayoola A. Ajayi appears in 3rd District Court in Salt Lake City. Ajayi pleaded guilty in the death of a Utah college student Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, more than a year after her disappearance sparked a large-scale search that ended with the discovery of her charred remains in his backyard. Ajayi is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the death of 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck. (Jeffrey D. Allred/The Deseret News via AP, File) 

Ayoola A. Ajayi acknowledged he planned the death of 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck, whom he met on a dating app and arranged to meet in a park. After they returned to his home, he bound and strangled her, then burned and hid her body while police and loved ones searched for her, his lawyer said in court.

Ajayi pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and desecration of a corpse in an agreement with prosecutors that removed the possibility of the death penalty. Prosecutors dropped charges of aggravated kidnapping and obstructing justice.

Ajayi also pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a different woman he met on a dating app. He is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said the guilty pleas allow Lueck’s parents to begin to get closure and a “measure of justice.” Gill said the family has asked for privacy.

Lueck has been remembered as a bubbly, nurturing person who belonged to a sorority and was a part-time senior at the University of Utah studying kinesiology and pre-nursing.

She went missing in June 2019, after returning from a trip home to El Segundo, California, for her grandmother’s funeral. Lueck had met Ajayi, 32, on the site Seeking Arrangement, which bills itself as a way for wealthy “sugar daddies” to meet women known as “sugar babies,” his lawyer said. She took a Lyft to meet him in a park, prosecutors have said. Her phone was turned off a minute after the last text and never turned back on.

Ajayi planned the slaying before the meeting at the park and turned off the video in his home-security system before he left to meet her, his lawyer Neal Hamilton said. When they returned to his Salt Lake City home, Ajayi tied her up and began to choke her. She tried to stop him, after which he put a belt around her neck, pushed her onto her stomach and strangled her, the attorney said.

Ajayi then burned her body and buried it in his backyard, Hamilton said. After detectives came to his door to question him, he dug her up and buried her in a shallow grave in

Tech worker pleads guilty in death of Utah college student

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A tech worker pleaded guilty on Wednesday to strangling a Utah college student whose disappearance over a year ago sparked a search that ended with the discovery of her charred remains in his backyard.

Ayoola A. Ajayi acknowledged he planned the death of 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck, whom he met on a dating app and arranged to meet in a park. After they returned to his home, he bound and strangled her, then burned and hid her body while police and loved ones searched for her, his lawyer said in court.

Ajayi pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and desecration of a corpse in an agreement with prosecutors that removed the possibility of the death penalty. Prosecutors dropped charges of aggravated kidnapping and obstructing justice.


Ajayi also pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a different woman he met on a dating app. He is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said the guilty pleas allow Lueck’s parents to begin to get closure and a “measure of justice.” Gill said the family has asked for privacy.

Lueck has been remembered as a bubbly, nurturing person who belonged to a sorority and was a part-time senior at the University of Utah studying kinesiology and pre-nursing.

She went missing in June 2019, after returning from a trip home to El Segundo, California, for her grandmother’s funeral. Lueck had met Ajayi, 32, on the site Seeking Arrangement, which bills itself as a way for wealthy “sugar daddies” to meet women known as “sugar babies,” his lawyer said. She took a Lyft to meet him in a park, prosecutors have said. Her phone was turned off a minute after the last text and never turned back on.

Ajayi planned the slaying before the meeting at the park and turned off the video in his home-security system before he left to meet her, his lawyer Neal Hamilton said. When they returned to his Salt Lake City home, Ajayi tied her up and began to choke her. She tried to stop him, after which he put a belt around her neck, pushed her onto her stomach and strangled her, the attorney said.

Ajayi then burned her body and buried it in his backyard, Hamilton said. After detectives came to his door to question him, he dug her up and buried her in a shallow grave in a canyon nearly 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Salt Lake City.

The search for Lueck went on for nearly two weeks before some of her remains were discovered in Ajayi’s backyard and he was arrested. He later revealed the location of her body in Logan Canyon, where she was found with her arms bound behind her.

A native of Nigeria, Ajayi held a green card that allows him to legally work and live in the U.S., prosecutors have said. He was an information technology worker who had stints with high-profile companies and was briefly